(Reposted with permission from the Arizona Daily Independent)
At last night’s debate, between congressional candidates Republican Jesse Kelly and Democrat Ron Barber, controversy arose over Barber’s failure to say that he supported President Obama’s reelection. Barber dodged the question during the debate, and later refused to answer the question again, when asked by reporters.
Now, Barber is scrambling to assure his fellow Democrats that he does in fact support his party’s nominee for the presidency. Barber’s campaign released a statement early this morning stating his support for Obama. The question now becomes, why did Barber feel the need to dodge the question?
The answer to that is in Barber’s answer, “My vote is my vote Mr. Kelly and I’m focused on beating you in June.” Open and gushing support for Obama and his policies will not get Ron Barber elected, so Barber’s response was an honest one. If he is focused on beating Kelly he can’t embrace Obama, unless of course he wants PAC monies, hence the embrace this morning.
At one point during the campaign, Barber accused Kelly of “pulling the wool over people’s eyes.” The time worn expression may describe Barber’s spin this morning, as well.